I grew up working on VWs in the 90’s. At the time it was cheap transportation that didn’t cost an arm and a leg to keep running. My first car was a 71 squareback. In addition to the squareback I’ve owned a 72 Ghia, a 62 Beetle, a 67 Beetle then finally a 66 15 Window Deluxe Microbus. I sold the bus many years ago shortly after my kids were born and the project became bigger than I had time to deal with.
Fast forward to recent years, My interest in VWs never passed and I finally found some funds to get back into the hobby. I found this 67 in 2012. The 67 Beetle was always my favorite, for many of the same reasons the visitors of this site have. My search criteria was simple, stock and unmolested, rust free. I went to inspect the Bug at night which caused me to overlook the pretty significant rust damage (you can see the work I had to do in the photos). In the end, I found a 1 owner car which was very original.
The car came with the original service record book which showed it was purchased at VW Moore – Rountrer in Memphis, TN, then later travelled to N. CA in 1976. The last dealer service record was on 3/2/78 at 84,009 miles.
I purchased the car from the 2nd owner that had had it only a few months before deciding to sell it. The story he gave me was that the original owner was the husband of a personal friend. When her husband died she let it sit under a tarp outside for many years before he approached her to purchase it. When he took ownership he changed the oil, put in a new starter and that was about it. It was never registered in the second owners name (which is a whole different story and challenge when it came to registering it in my name).
When I got it and started digging into it I realized that it needed quite a bit of work to get it driving shape. The biggest issue being the significant rust damage to the rear parcel tray and floor pans behind the front seats. I never had the intentions for a pan off, just a very nice, reliable, weekend cruiser.